Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Sherlock Holmes - Always a Favorite!

View the Sherlock Holmes Book Display on the table in the reading room.

Sherlock Holmes—ever popular, has many books written by Doyle as well as other authors—Laurie King, Minnesota author Larry Millett, etc., blogs, museums, movies, websites and even The Sherlock Holmes Collections at the University of Minnesota. We have some of his movies and books here for checkout.

Sherlock Holmes, created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, is the brilliant London-based "consulting detective", famous for his astute logical reasoning, his ability to change into any disguise, and his use of forensic science skills to solve difficult cases.

Holmes, who first appeared in publication in 1887, was featured in four novels and 56 short stories, starting with A Study in Scarlet and The Sign of the Four. The character grew tremendously in popularity with the beginning of the first series of short stories in Strand Magazine in 1891; further series of short stories and two novels published in serial form appeared between 1891 and 1927. Sherlock Holmes is still popular today with new movies featuring Robert Downey Jr. (Sherlock, 2009) with the sequel showing in December 2011. PBS has a contemporary series also called Sherlock with 3 episodes and more to follow.

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